BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Very Good Lives — By J.K. Rowling — Waiting on Wednesday

I’m publishing this a few hours early — cuz it’s just TOO EXCITING TO WAIT.

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I am so incredibly excited about this announcement. I read it on Mugglenet a few minutes ago, and almost screamed. No joke. So, OF COURSE, I was going to pick it for today’s Waiting on Wednesday! J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard speech will now be released in illustrated hard cover form for the public enjoyment!!!!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW

Check out the official page here.

  

Quotes from Little Brown official site. Images as well. Click on image to go to goodreads book page.
Quotes from Little Brown official site. Images as well. Click on image to go to goodreads book page.

Very Good Lives

By J.K. freakin ROWLING

Publication date: April 14th, 2015.

Synopsis:

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of Very Good Lives will benefit Lumos, a charity organisation founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

 

Okay, so I don’t even see the need to explain why I’m so excited because — HELLO. J.K. Rowling. THE JKR.  THIS JKR:

Good Old JK!
Good Old JK!

So, yes, of course I’m excited. I am a #Potterhead to the core. My very life revolves around Rowling. So, yeah, you can watch the speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UibfDUPJAEU

But why on earth should that mean I can’t be excited about it anyway? It’s a new book with the name J.K. Rowling on my shelf. It may not be new material, but it’s certainly inspiring. J.K. Rowling is a wonderful icon, and has many words of wisdom to share. If all that wasn’t enough — the profits of this book go to Lumos, an AMAZING charity organization which you can learn more about, and donate to, here. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-children-with-disabilities-go-to-school

Are you a Potterhead? What are your thoughts?

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – Venus and Adonis

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

  

Venus and Adonis (Sequel trilogy to The Daughters of Zeus)

Cover image and summary from Goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from Goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

By Kaitlin Bevis

Publication date: TBD

Synopsis:

Being perfect isn’t easy, but Aphrodite is determined to live up to the ideal. So when Poseidon asks her to investigate strange happenings on several cruise ships, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Demigods are going missing, and no one remembers them having been on board. Aphrodite charms herself into the best room on the ship, prepared to investigate in style. Unfortunately, the room belongs to the one man immune to her charm.
Adonis.
When Aphrodite realizes that he could be the next target, her investigation gets more complicated. Worse, whoever is responsible for the missing demigods charmed the passengers and armed them with long-forgotten weapons designed to kill gods. When the ship goes dark, Aphrodite and Adonis have to work together to discover who is behind the mayhem before Poseidon decides their ship, and every charmed and armed human on it, are more trouble than they’re worth.

 

I’m so excited! As you can tell from my REVIEWS of Kaitlin Bevis’ books, Persephone, Daughter of the Earth and Sky, and Iron Queen, I’ve been on a bit of a Daughters of Zeus obession. So when I heard about this book that’s in the works — I was psyched!!! Bevis said: “Persephone is done narrating for now (not ruling her out for short stories, but in terms of books, I don’t have any planned from her pov).” But, she also stated that Persephone would be making appearances throughout the Aphrodite trilogy.

I already miss this world! Spectacular world!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – The Royal Ranger

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

  

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

The Royal Ranger (Ranger’s Apprentice, #12)

By John Flanagan

Publication date: October 1st, 2013

Synopsis:

After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible – even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path.

It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone – and it’s a request Will cannot refuse.

Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie – finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives?

John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice – but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!

What. WHAT. “Senseless tragedy destroys his life”?!?!??! What! So, technically this one already came out, in AU, but I don’t live in AU, so it’ll take up to 10 more days for my copy to get here! GAH! Anyway, long story short, this is the most amazing book series ever (other than Harry Potter) and can be compared to no others. Haven’t read it yet? DO IT! DO IT! :) I can’t believe it’s almost over. All of it. Will. Halt. Araluen. THe world. The stories. The characters. The tears. The laughter. Excuse me while I go cry in a corner.

On other news, I’m dressing up as one of the characters from this series (Alyss Mainwaring) for Halloween! I’ll have to post pictures. I’m excited. :)

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – United We Spy

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

  

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)

By Ally Carter
Publication date: September 17th, 2013

Synopsis:

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

First off, may I just bring your attentino to flippin’ gorgeous the cover/title is??? That said. I am absolutely in LOVE with Ally Carter’s work, and the previous 5 books. They were amazing and fun, in a way that I haven’t found in a while. AND, if that’s not enough to be super psyched for this book… it comes out on my 16th birthday!!! This has got to be the single *best* 16th birthday present. Ever.

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – Hold Fast

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Cover links to goodreads book page.

Hold Fast

By Blue Balliet
Publication date: March 1st, 2013

Synopsis:

From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago’s shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father’s strange disappearance.

Where is Early’s father? He’s not the kind of father who would disappear. But he’s gone . . . and he’s left a whole lot of trouble behind.

As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn’t disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what’s happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.

Okay, so, technically, this book’s already been released. BUT, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, so I’m still going to count it. Why am I so excited for this book? Welll… I love Blue Balliet’s writing style! She’s amazing at writing (middle-grade) mysteries that actually make the READER think. I can’t wait to read this one!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – The Son of Sobek

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

The Son of Sobek

By Rick Riordan
Publication date: June 18th, 2013.

Synopsis:

Cover image from rickriordan.blogspot.com, summary from amazon.com
Cover image from rickriordan.blogspot.com, summary from amazon.com


In this audio e-book short story narrated by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn’t exactly friendly. . . . Includes a sneak peek chapter from HOUSE OF HADES, Book Four in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Are there truly words enough to describe how flippin’ excited I am for this book?!?! I think NOT. A Kane Chronicles / Percy Jackson crossover??? I am SO in!

You can read an excerpt from this amazing story HERE.

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – The Chaos of Stars

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Okay, first off, I’ve got to apologize. I was on a road trip (w/o internet connection!) for a week, and since I’ve been back I’ve just been trying to get back on my feet, so I’m really sorry for my absence, and I PROMISE I will be posting a ton of reviews shortly. I’ve gotten way behind. :)

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

The Chaos of the Stars

By Liz Kessler
Publication date: September 10th, 2013.

Synopsis:

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic compli

cations—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Well, first off, I’m a big fan of Kiersten White’s books. So, obviously, when I heard about this one, I couldn’t WAIT to pick it up! Egyptian mythology in modern day America??? Yes, please! I love mythology, (Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, greek, roman, and egyptian myths in general, etc…), and this one looks great!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – North of Nowehre

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

North of Nowhere

By Liz Kessler
Publication date: UK: Jan. 17, 2013. US: September 7th, 2013.

Synopsis:

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

The sleepy seaside village of Porthaven hides a mystery …Mia’s grandad has vanished and nobody knows why. When Mia and her mum go to support her grandma, Mia makes friends with local girl, Dee. But why does Dee seem so out of reach? Why does she claim to be facing violent storms when Mia sees only sunny skies? And can Mia solve the mystery and find her grandad before time and tide forever wash away his future? A night of storms. A lifetime of secrets. A week to find the truth.

Liz Kessler was one of my all-time-favorite authors when I was younger, so, even now that I’m 15, I still get excited over any of her books. They are great for young children, or even for adults / YA looking for a fun read. I can’t wait for this one to come out in the US!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – Divergent 3

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

Divergent 3 

Cover Image and summary from goodreads.com

By Veronica Roth
Publication date: October 22nd, 2013

Synopsis:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

I’ve been waiting patiently, I swear! But it’s been TEN months! 10 months since we last got any real news about this book! Can we at least have a title? I mean seriously, if we’re going to have to wait another 7 months, don’t we at least deserve a TITLE?! Okay. Rant over.

Anyway, as you can probably tell I am super excited for this book! If you haven’t read Divergent yet – do it! Do it now! The movie comes out in March 2014!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

“Waiting On” Wednesday – The Magician’s Tower

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

The Magicians Tower (Wizard of Dark Street, #2) (Oona Crate, #2)

Cover Image and summary from goodreads.com
Cover Image and summary from goodreads.com

By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Publication date: Feb. 26th, 2013

Synopsis:

***Sequel to the Agatha and Edgar nominated THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET***
Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate’s detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge captures her attention—The Magician’s Tower Contest.

Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks (such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes). As the competition commences, a case emerges. A rare punchbowl—one with unparalleled magical powers—has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician’s Tower. If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her question about her mother’s and sister’s tragic deaths so many years ago—was she really at fault?

Full of magic, mystery, and fun, THE MAGICIAN’S TOWER continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

Technically, The Magician’s Tower was released today, however, I am still “waiting on” it, so I figured I could let it count. :) I read the first book (The Wizard of Dark Street) in Dec. of 2011, and I loved it! A fun Middle-Grade wizard detective novel, it brought a creative new dimension to magic and it’s connections to the non-magical world. Full of excitement, adventure, and mystery, The Wizard of Dark Street is great for reading with a child, or just by yourself! My hopes are that The Magician’s Tower will live up to the high standards of it’s predecessor. I can’t WAIT to get my hands on this book! :)

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?